Plumbing

How To Prepare for the 5 Biggest Problems Facing a Home Owner

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    Whether you are a first time home owner or have lived in one for a long time there are a few things that can go wrong around your house that you need to prepare for before they go wrong. In some cases you will be able to decide whether you want to do the work yourself or hire it out to a contractor but sometimes there just isn’t a choice and you are …

    How To – Using a Swimming Pool Cooler for Hot Summer Days

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      http://www.yourepair.com/yrblog/wp-content/HLIC/cf339f66ba984c49aa457c3a2d6df1db.jpgWhile most people in Northern States have heard of Pool Heaters that allow you to use your pool early in the spring and later into the fall months there is an opposite problem for people that live in warmer climates and thats hot pool water.

      Water will naturally hold heat and it is often used in home heating systems to store hot water from solar panels to warm homes.. This is a big problem …

      How To – Replacing a Corroded Bathtub Drain and Popup the Easy Way

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        http://www.yourepair.com/howtos/images/plumbing/bathtub-drain/bathtub-drain-02.jpgEventually every bathtub is going to need some repairs and for some reason replacing the drain and popup seems to be one of the hardest jobs for people to accomplish.

        The problem many people have is when the drain gets corroded and they can’t get it unscrewed but I have seen some youtube videos of people going crazy on these things only to end up calling in a plumber. One guy actually moved away .. well …

        How To – Choosing and Installing a Garbage Disposal

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          http://www.yourepair.com/howtos/images/appliances/Garbage-Disposal/garbage-disposal-01.jpgIn this HowTo we will remove an old frozen Badger Garbage disposal and replace it with a new 1/2 horsepower stainless steel garbage disposal.

          When choosing a garbage disposal there are a few considerations that you must follow for good operation.

          The Physical size of the garbage disposal is important because some homes and apartments do not have room for larger models that may have extra features. Always take measurements of height and width of the grinder …

          How To – Transitioning Metal or PVC to Cast Iron Waste Pipe

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            There are times when you are fixing or upgrading pipe in your home for a new kitchen or bathroom and you will need to install new PVC waste line then attach it to your existing Cast Iron waste stack or waste line.

            Unfortunately this is not an easy job because cast iron is a relatively difficult pipe to work with. Cutting cast iron pipe usually means using a reciprocating saw or a special tool and …

            How To – Changing the location of your Bathroom Toilet Flange

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              When you are remodeling your bathroom there are times when you want to relocate the fixtures to provide better access. Toilet flanges are the attachment of the waste line to the removable toilet.

              Basically a large 3 to 4 inch pipe used to carry waste out of your home is positioned under your bathroom. To connect your toilet, tub and sink to this line a smaller line will pass through the floor of the bathroom. …

              How To – Repairing or Replacing a Bathtub Drain Popup

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                Clogs in your bathroom are a problem that everyone will run into eventually. The most common is your toilet and then your sink but over time a clog in your bathtub will build up but luckily cleaning it out is not that hard to do.

                There are two different types of bathtub drains. The first type is a manual popup that you need to pull up and twist to open. The second type works remotely …

                How To – Water Heater Timers Can Reduce Electric Costs 15%

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                  Lets face it everything costs more then it did a few years ago and electric bills are just another monthly cost that will never go away (unless you go solar).  So, reducing consumption is your best bet and wasted use is something you never want happening in your home.

                  Although water heaters are highly insulated and you can improve its efficiency with the use of Heat Traps and external insulation blankets your heater is running …

                  How To – Heat Pump Water Heaters are they a good choice for your home?

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                    A new type of heat pump water heater is now on the market based on standard heat pump technology it could provide up to 50 to 70% better efficiency then a standard electric water heater.

                    The design is pretty simple to understand it basically works the opposite way that your refrigerator does.

                    If you have ever had to pull your refrigerator away from the wall you saw that there are large cooling tubes on the back …

                    How To – Testing to determine if you need a Low Flow Shower Head

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                      Saving money is one of the most important things in your home and the amount of water you use for baths and showers may be putting a dent in your pocket.

                      If you are moving into a new home or apartment your bathroom probably came with one of the least expensive fixtures available just to provide a working shower. Although this is sufficient to get the job done it may mean that you are not …